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Posted on February 18 at 11:40 p.m.
Thank you very much, PK! I very much believe in the separation of religion from the state, as did Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. He advocated a very holistic view of God which stressed huge amounts of grace i.e. unmerited favor and the necessity of forgiveness of all human kind through the effacacious atonement of Christ on the cross and His physical resurrection from the dead which needs to be accepted by each individual for salvation and reconciliation with God to become effacacious in each person's life.
You may not agree with me, PK, but if we look at the 6,000 years of written human history we see only about 250 years of peace worldwide which is a very sad commentary on the state of human kind and the unadulterated cruelty which humans have shown to each other and to the planet itself.
There is most definitely a very dark side to the human psyche and we must be frank about the sad state of affairs which we have produced on this planet. Jeremiah 17:9 is stinging in its indictment of the wickedness of the human heart. As people we are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139) but we are also very deeply and morally flawed and broken.
To address your concerns more specifically, PK, God very clearly states the importance of Christians living out the mandates of social justice spelled out in the Old Testament: Micah 6:8, Amos 5:24, Isaiah 58-61 and in the New Testament in Luke 4. The books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Habakkuk are also full of exhortations as to the critical importance of social justice.
Christians have fallen very short in many areas, but it must be said that they were instrumental in ending the dreadful practice of suttee (widow burning) in India and the brutal practice of binding the feet of women and girls and China. Moreover, Bishop Wilburforce in England played a key role in ending the slave trade in the U.K.
Additionally, Christian workers worldwide have been instrumental in building hospitals and schools which have cared for and educated generation after generation of people. Biblically, Christians should always maintain a constant and creative tension between living out the dictates of Judeo-Christian social justice mandated in the Old and New Testaments, and declaring and living out the glorious gospel of redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation which the Lord Jesus Christ has achieved.
Thanks again, PK, and please continue to speak out as your ideas are very important though I probably won't agree with them most of the time. I'm a political independent who tries to vote for each candidate on their views rather than on the basis of their political-party affiliation.
In the 26th Congressional race, I'm very actively supporting Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks who is a moderate Republican who will probably run as an Independent i.e. no political preference stated.
Okay, PK, have a very blessed evening and weekend and thanks again for speaking out.
On Freedom or Tyranny?
Posted on February 18 at 12:28 a.m.
No PK, it was from a book entitled "The God Who is There" which was published in the mid-1970s and may no longer be in print. And to answer your question, Dr. Schaeffer passed away some years before Michelle Bachmann ever got involved in politics and it is very unlikely that they ever knew each other as he had lived in Switzerland for a period of years after having served as a pastor and theologian in Pennsylvania for a considerable period of time.
Posted on February 17 at 10:39 p.m.
Kudos to State Assemblyman Das Williams for his diligent labor in representing the best interests of his constituents in the 35th State Assembly District, which covers much of Santa Barbara County and parts of Ventura County. What I'm about to say, however, could well be a sacrilege in terms of traditional political party loyalties, but Assemblyman Williams, other Democratic leaders, and Democratic voters in the newly configured 26th Congressional District should throw their wholehearted support behind Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks who is a registered Republican but could well run for the seat in the 26th District as an independent candidate i.e. political preference not stated.
The group of Democrats running for the 26th Congressional District seat are hopelessly divided and with the recent withdrawal of Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett from the race not one of them stands a chance of defeating Republican State Senator Tony Strickland either in the June 5 primary or in the general election in November. Supervisor Parks is by far the strongest candidate to run and would have the best chance of defeating Mr. Strickland.
Linda Parks has served with great distinction as a Ventura County Supervisor who has always searched for out of the box solutions by seeking common ground with the other Supervisors to do what is best not only for her own constituents, but for all the residents of Ventura County. Her message of non-partisanship, grassroots community transformation, and unflinching commitment to fund her campaign exclusively through individual citizen donations all reasonate with great clarity and are a refreshing change from the deep pockets of political action committees who so often fund candidates for politcal office.
Supervisor Parks' message of hope and collaborative synergy with her constituents speaks volumes in terms of her servant leadership and her unrelenting commitment to always seek solutions to public policy, environmental, and economic problems that are fair and balanced and empower her constituents to whom she has committed herself to serve.
On Conventional Wisdom
Posted on February 17 at 8:57 p.m.
Very well stated PK! As the late great Christian philosopher Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer once wrote: "Freedom without form is ugly, but form without freedom is stifling."
Posted on February 17 at 8:19 p.m.
The Board of Trustees should move with alacrity to get their issues resolved as SBCC is one of the nation's top ranked community colleges and plays a vital role in keeping Santa Barbara County's and the entire Central Coast's workforce competitive. The quality of a county's workforce is inextricably linked to its competitiveness in regional, state, national, and international economies of scale.
It would be sad indeed to see Board issues adversely impact the academic quality of SBCC and militate against what should be the College's chief mission of educating and training students to be competitive in what remains a difficult job market. The Board is to be about helping the faculty and staff of the College excel at what they do and thereby help students fulfill their occupational, professional, and personal goals and dreams.
May the Board in collaboration with the students, faculty, staff, and other key stakeholders of the College labor diligently to bring about a new day of hope which renews the esprit de corps of the College. In short, to what degree are the Board members willing to put the students first above all else? May SBCC not slip into the deepening twilight and darkness of academic decline because of Board politics and issues of control.
On SBCC Trustees Chided